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Alex Presley activated from the disabled list Tuesday
by Chris Cwik |

Astros outfielder Alex Presley has been activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Presley has been sidelined since July 7 due to an oblique injury. Presley is hitting .252/.291/.359 over 206 at-bats. 

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Fernando Rodney allows two runs in 40th save
by R.J. White |

Mariners closer Fernando Rodney wasn't at his best Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on three hits, but he managed to pick up his 40th save anyway, striking out two in his team's 6-5 win over the A's.

Rodney struck out the first two batters he faced but then surrendered three straight doubles to put the potential tying run at second base with two outs. He was able to coax a ground ball to the shortstop to end the game. Rodney owns a 2.56 ERA and 64:23 K:BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings. He's the second AL closer to 40 saves this season.

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Kenley Jansen strikes out three in 39th save
by R.J. White |

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen earned his 39th save Tuesday, striking out three without giving up a hit or a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-1 win over the Nationals.

Jansen saw the first batter of the ninth inning reach base on an error, but he calmly struck out the next three batters he faced to slam the door on the win. He owns a 2.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 90:15 K:BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings.

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Clayton Kershaw strikes out eight in win vs. Nationals
by R.J. White |

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw earned another win Tuesday, allowing one earned run on three hits and two walks in eight innings while striking out eight in his team's 4-1 victory over the Nationals.

Kershaw (17-3) has pitched at least eight innings in each of his last five starts, and he's held the opposition to three runs or less in 22 of his 23 starts this season. Kershaw owns a 1.70 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 202:25 K:BB ratio in 169 1/3 innings. He's now on pace to finish the season ahead of Sandy Koufax's 1.73 ERA from 1966. Kershaw's scheduled to face the Padres Tuesday.

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Doug Fister takes loss vs. Dodgers Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Nationals pitcher Doug Fister took a loss Tuesday, allowing four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and two walks in five-plus innings while striking out two in his team's 4-1 defeat against the Dodgers.

Fister (12-6) has failed to post a quality start in three straight outings, taking a loss in each of those starts. After giving up two home runs in each of his last two games, the starter surrendered a two-run blast in the sixth inning Tuesday and put two more men on base before leaving the game. Fister owns a 2.66 ERA and 82:18 K:BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves Monday.

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James Paxton allows two runs in win vs. A's
by R.J. White |

Mariners pitcher James Paxton earned a win Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks in 7 2/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 6-5 victory over the A's.

Paxton (5-1) breezed through seven scoreless innings before putting the first two guys of the eighth inning on base. Though he recorded a double play on a ground ball, the starter walked another batter and was removed, with both runners he left on base eventually scoring. Paxton owns a 1.91 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 35:14 K:BB ratio in 47 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rangers Sunday.

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Sonny Gray surrenders six runs in loss vs. Mariners
by R.J. White |

Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray took a loss Tuesday, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings while striking out two in his team's 6-5 defeat against the Mariners.

Gray (13-8) surrendered a two-run single in the third inning, a two-run double in the fourth and a two-run home run in the fifth to result in his fifth loss in his last seven starts. He owns a 3.25 ERA and 151:64 K:BB ratio in 183 innings. Gray is scheduled to face the White Sox Monday.

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Kevin Quackenbush records win Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Padres pitcher Kevin Quackenbush picked up a win Tuesday, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 2-1, walkoff win over the Diamondbacks.

Quackenbush (3-3) surrendered a one-out single, and when the runner advanced to second base on the second out, he intentionally walked Miguel Montero to face A.J. Pollock, who flied out to center field. Quackenbush owns a 2.58 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 47:17 K:BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.

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Brad Ziegler serves up walkoff home run Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler took a loss Tuesday, giving up a walkoff home run in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Padres.

Ziegler (5-3) retired the first batter he faced Tuesday, but Cory Spangenberg connected on his first major-league home run to send the Diamondbacks home with a loss. Ziegler owns a 3.55 ERA and 53:24 K:BB ratio in 66 innings.

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Odrisamer Despaigne allows one run in no-decision Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne wasn't a factor in Tuesday's decision after giving up one earned run on four hits in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Despaigne was excellent for much of the outing, but three of his four singles were concentrated in the fourth inning, providing the Diamondbacks with a run and preventing Despaigne from earning a win. He owns a 3.06 ERA and 54:25 K:BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings. Despaigne is scheduled to face the Rockies in Colorado Sunday.

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